Thursday, August 19, 2010

Champagne Supernova.

An Oasis concert is on TV right. It was filmed in 2008 in Wembly Arena, London. It was over ten years since oasis was at the height of their powers, which was really 1995-97. Anyhow the song Champagne Supernova came on, and it was made me think of my friend DD who committed suicide in October of 1995. When Oasis was hugely popular. DD never really liked Oasis, not like I did, but it made me think of him because one line.
“how many special people change/ how many lives are living strange / where were you while we were getting high?”

The night that DD killed himself, I was out my girlfriend, and we went to movies with friends (“Copycat” terrible film), but as was the rule at the time we smoked some weed in the alley behind the theater before going in. So the question where were you while we were getting high? Seems pretty profound, when I think about where DD was, what he was doing, and where his head was. “Where were you while we were getting high?” is the last line of the song and repeated three times.
It’s going to be 15 years since DD’s death. Oasis has long since been done being relevant or even a band, and I have long since quit getting high behind movie theaters or anywhere else for that matter. But that tune always makes me think of DD, that night, and what shame it was.

Monday, June 28, 2010

3 kitties on the shirt

I texted Hirthler yesterday that: "the USA would win a World Cup before England". Seems the US is at the same level as "mighty" England today. We drew with them, won our group, and were both bounced in round of 16, and to top it off I'm thinking the colonies are on the come, and the crown on the decline.

This guys seems to think it is England's inflated sense of self that is the problem, and he maybe onto something there.

But it won't change, I wonder if the English have that much self-awareness to make that change. It would take an army of Morrisseys to have that island face the fact that they just aren't as good as they continue to insist that they are. Part of the problem is the English love affair with it's tabloid media. Which is amazing, granted. The Suns, and News-s of the World love to tell their readership, over and over again how great English football is. And sadly the English delude themselves into beliving it. So much so that their football prowress, has become a part of their identity. No matter how great Lampard and Terry supposedly are, accomplishments in club footballand how much attention they get in the press. Today and from where I'm sitting, they're just looking like a pastier versions Donovan and Dempsey to me.

Monday, May 24, 2010

"Space is Brilliant"

Ballboy - A Day in Space

Heard this tune on KEXP a few days back, it had been a while since I heard it.
It brings up a good question: "what would you do with a million pounds?" - think the songwriter has a pretty good take on it.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Left of the Dial

Heard the tune "Left of the Dial" by The Replacements on my iPod at the gym today.

The last verse struck me as quite profound:

Pretty girl keep growin' up, playin' make-up, wearin' guitar
Growin' old in a bar, ya grow old in a bar
Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.
Didn't mention your name, didn't mention your name

The attitude of the lifestyle I was leading in the early 90's is almost perfectly summed up in this verse. Hearing the tune made me feel old, remember a time long ago with fondness, even though I, in my youthful ignorance, probably made it more difficult that it needed to be. I guess I too was in my own way "playin' make-up" and "wearing guitar"

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Republican Waterloo?

Health Care Reform passed, and look what you got, GOP. Nothing.
I have been very critical of the presidents handling of this thing, but from where I am sitting right now, he is looking pretty good. I still think that he should have used the capital he had post election and just shot this thing through immediately. Instead we got the Town Hall Crazies last August that gave rise to Glenn Beck who fanned the flames of the Tea Party. All of this put Republican leadership into a position that working with the Pelosi and the President was tantamount to sitting down for schnitzel and borscht with Hitler and Stalin.
Well the bill passed regardless of the party of "no" said or did. Now what is going to happen when it becomes really popular, which it will. Entitlement programs are always really popular. Look at one of the big Republican talking points opposing Health Care Reform was that it would deplete Medicare. While that was stupid, but at least based somewhere on planet earth. Unlike their other talking points of "death panels", and this being the last stop from commie-brown shirts marching down your street.
I've never been a fan of David Frum, but I'm posting his post on blog because he seems to be one of the few conservative who hasn't lost his mind. I've seen him on Bill Maher, and know that he was a G.W. Bushie and a big proponent of the Iraq War, neither of these things will ever get you much love from me. But the current state of his GOP is beyond laughable, at this point it is sad, and Frum sees it. The Tea-partiers are people carrying Gadsdens Flags, getting all of their information from FOX and spouting ignorance about "my America", "liberty", "state's rights" and whatever other clap-trap their eating up with two spoons from the Becks, Palins and Limbaughs of the world. This is not what makes a strong opposition party, it makes a pathetic one. One which no thinking person, would want any part of or take seriously. And democracy needs dissenting voices to be strong especially our "2-party only" arrangement. Frum sees it, sees the wasted opportunity this bill provided, and sees that his party has become nothing but a group "to sell sleep number beds to" over the radio. Waterloo | FrumForum

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PS22 Chorus "LISZTOMANIA" Phoenix

This is so completely fantastic I can't stand it.
Awesome cute kids, doing an awesome job on a really cool tune.
This teacher really seems to have made a connection with these kids and is producing beautiful results.

YouTube - PS22 Chorus "LISZTOMANIA" Phoenix